ilawyer202 wrote:Do you know if CLEO would try to place someone in a school not in their consortium (like udc) ? I am on "hold" there and it is my number one choice :-/
Don't go into CLEO expecting to be placed. You need to hustle on your own. If your on a waitlist, call the admissions office and explain your situation, and how you're trying to better prepare yourself for law school by doing CLEO.
Don't forget your taking classes and will receive grades/transcript at the end of the program. While of course this isn't "official" in that its part of your academic record, the schools are familiar with CLEO will absolutely take a look at it and assess your preparation for law school. They’ll ask you to send your transcript at the end of the program…if you come into CLEO and kill it, that might be enough to bump you off the WL.
Other students, during CLEO, flew out to schools they were WL'd at and interviewed with. That alone, plus CLEO bumped them off the WL.
Some students didn’t get placed anywhere. Believe me it’s gonna suck for those few students who go through the entire summer preparing for law school and not end up anywhere, while the other 40 or so are going while your left behind. It will be awkward…don’t be one of those!
I guess what I'm trying to say is that CLEO isn't a “placement program”. You can't count on the schools that are coming to interview for a spot. They are looking for a specific demographic, with certain grades. I.E one school would come in and asked to interview all the African-American students with at least a 155 LSAT. Or another school would come in and ask to interview all your students with a 3.4 GPA or higher, and want to go to school on the East Coast. They're not interviewing the entire program...just those that will fill their class. There is 1 admission rep flying in, for one day, from the other side of the country, for the sole purpose of topping off her entering class. They’re aren’t interested in talking with you about how great the schools are, or what they have to offer. They’ve been doing that for the past 9 months.
On that note if you are selected for an interview, you got to bring your A game. One thing to do now is work on your resume and answers to questions. The first question coming out of their mouth is “You didn’t apply to our school in the fall, why are you interested now?” You can’t just say because I’m desperate. Figure out an answer.
Some students are coming into the program locked in to their school of choice. Some are on waitlists at schools and are trying to get off. Some are deposited at a school, but want to upgrade their choice. Some aren’t in anywhere, and are just trying to get in somewhere. Whatever your situation, if your trying to get in, or move up, you need to come prepared to hustle to get yours.